Bayside activist may retire from community board

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Bayside activist Frank Skala may retire from Community Board 11 this year due to old age, the board said.

“He’s saying he just can’t continue. He’s been having to leave early. He’s slowed down a lot. I can understand why he’s doing this,” said Susan Seinfeld, the board’s district manager.

The ever-opinionated Skala, 76, has been on the board for at least a decade. Though he did not participate this year, he is well-known for dressing up as Santa Claus during Bayside’s annual tree lighting.

“He’s our character. He was the community’s character,” Seinfeld said. “You just expected him to say something out of the ordinary every month. That’s what we’ll miss at the meetings — the opinions.”

 

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